It was my first time to visit the city famously known as the "City of Lights" or "City of Love". It was truly a dream come true to go to France all-expense paid. I'm forever grateful to the French Embassy for this once in a lifetime opportunity that I know I can never afford. It took me years before I finally got what I wanted and it sure tasted sweet. It felt like I won the lottery! Truly, you'll only reach the sweetness of success if you have the determination, hard-work, and the Grace of God fueling you every step of the way.
Allow me to quote Oprah Winfrey "The big secret in life is there is no secret. Whatever your goal. You can get there if you're willing to work."
There it's revealed. There is no such thing as luck. Opportunity and Preparation are the ingredients to the broth of success. And only you can define your own success for it will determine your happiness but God is truly good for what He speaks is true and always will be. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. Only God can make your joy complete, there is none like Him.
Paris, was breath-taking. It was an experience I would never forget and I still wish I'm in France now. But I know where I belong, I belong in my own country- The Philippines. For this is my home and where I find the very roots of my identity. But having to breath the air of France, eat their food, talk their language was something I also need to help me understand myself better and to change my perspective of things. I've always wanted to set foot on a foreign country and to experience the way they live at first hand. I was probably influence by what I see on television. Everything was very glittery but it only made me realize even more of what my country lacks and needs. It lacks self-less people who are passionate enough to strive for excellence and to give out their service to the country. It needs people who dream big. As big as the ocean blue for you are more than who you think you are.
France is the home of some of the greatest artists, musicians in the world. People who devote themselves to finding beauty and immortalizing them in paintings, sculptures and songs. It is evident on how these people adore beauty and seek to find for it is revealed in the aesthetics on their streets, landscape and architecture.
Though the French are not all work and no fun, they also love to take in the moment and to have a slow pace in life like enjoying the company of others while lying on the grass enjoying the sun. They love long walks for it is when you get to look around and see the beauty of things in the streets or parks. Sometimes you'll see them sipping coffee at the cafes talking, reading newspapers or people-watching. But when they get back to work, they work with passion. They are individualistic and they take pride in their language and culture. That's what I admire about them. They know when to pause, when to get back to business. They also value the presence of family and friends and on how to give importance to them. And when they love, they love with passion. You can see it clearly on the streets, they are proud of the persons they love and they're not ashamed to show it to the world.
A lot of people may find the French as somewhat rude as when you speak to them in English they would just ignore you or tell you they don't speak English. Though most french can speak in English as they've taken it in school but I guess what other people may perceive as rude-ness is just a sense of pride for the French for they are proud of their own language. It would not hurt though if you speak a little french or so and with that, you'll see that they're not as rude as many think they are. They'll help you when you're lost or give you advices if you just learn to speak their language when your in France.
Pont des Arts side railings are mostly filled with locks inscribed with names of lovers who usually visit the area. It is said that when you do inscribe your names in it both of you will never be apart again then they throw the key into the waters so no one can ever unlock them and set you both apart.
The Louvre is one of the largest museum in the world and it's a historic monument that was also seen in the movie "The Vinci Code". It is home the of the masterpieces of Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, and Rembrandt among others.
The museum was so big that I was exhausted beyond words after touring around the area, I wasn't even able to explore every nook and cranny of the place. Mind you, I don't think I would be able to take in every one of those 537 paintings. That would be overwhelming!